Besides my adventures of the last week I would like to take a moment.... and talk about the last 2 months. I will give some quotes about my thoughts during this trip and top 3 lists about cultures, cities and 'work' (it will be very subjective).
03.03.2013 - 10.03.2013 22 °C
During my travel I meet people from all over the world. With some you build a connection and with others you don't. For example: people in the USA are open and spontaneous, but sometimes not great at listening...- not every American of course -
Quote: If you are able to really listen, that's the moment you're able to connect.
Nationalities I meet the most: (besides American and Canadian)
As of this moment I visited Vancouver BC, Seattle, Vancouver WA, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, Pescadero, Santa Cruz, Monterrey, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles.
When you travel this West-Coast road you notice that the USA has 'different countries' in their country. This means that the big cities have their own culture and behavior. Interesting is that citizens lived everywhere. Confronting question to ask yourself: Why do you live where you live?
Quote: Don't settle in one place, but look over the 'border' and you will find out.
Beautiful cities during my trip
1. San Francisco
3. Monterrey (+Big Sur)
One of my goals during my trip is to discover and think about my passions. One of my goals is that I never want to 'work', but follow my passion. Build something where you will be proud of. A challenge. Take a chance and you will never regret.
Successful companies (like Adidas, Google) I visited try to be more than an employer. They build a world where you have fun in every way.
Brands I saw the most
1. Starbucks (I became a fan, without drinking coffee)
2. Mc Donalds (only ate one time)
3. Safeway (everything is discount )
Books and Music
During my travel I listen to a lot of music and read interesting business books. Tomorrow I finally start with some fiction.
Good books and music let you imagine about dreams. Write ideas down because it helps you and it's fun!
My great travel music
1. Johnny Cash - Walk the Line
2. Men At Work - Land down under
3. Acda en de Munnik - Lopen tot de zon komt
1. Who moved my cheese? - Spencer Johnson (about life - for everyone)
2. Brand against the machine - John Morgan (branding)
3. Zag - Marty Neumeier (branding)
Well, next in this short summary, I am staying now close to Hollywood with David and Trisha. A great place. My roadtrip the last week was amazing and had fun with my fellow travelers Lana, Margot (Dutch), Chaz (USA) and Andreas (Germany). The coming week I will combine meetings (Tuesday: LA Dodgers!!) with exploring LA and enjoy the sun.
Let's end with my animal connection in my LA days: yesterday I was relaxing in a park when a bird shot right on my nose....well bad luck you think...today I am standing in the backyard and a dog is peeing on me ;( I have a feeling that there is a animal conspiracy against me.
I will let you know next week, what happened more. Wish me luck.